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  • Fashion with Compassion 2019: Compassion Sisters

    Published Oct 25 2019 in Philanthropy Jewelry

        
    SOLD OUT! Thank you all who purchased the “Harmony Necklace” in support of Compassion House Foundation at the Fashion with Compassion Gala yesterday. 100 necklaces were created for this event. Thanks to all of the hard working volunteers (including Lisa and Nasreem), compassion house employees (Kim, Nancy, Kerry) and Event Chair Joanne! Lastly I would like to thank my daughter Erin for coming to help me sell the jewelry and attend the event.  It is so important to me to show her the importance of philanthropy and how we are a village of sisters and brothers.  It was a full and gratifying day of acknowledging those women who are battling cancer. They are our Compassion Sisters.
     
    Compassion House is affordable housing for those receiving cancer treatment at the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton. With your contributions a one day stay can be subsidized at $25 a night as well as lift the burden of extensive travel. Please consider donating to www.supportastay.ca.

  • Contour Collection: Fall/Winter 2020

    Published Aug 24 2019 in New Collections

    The Contour Collection is a homage to the Mid Century Modern era.  Clean & strong lines are represented in geometric shapes.  Think overlapping images of square, rectangles & ovals, softened with rounded edges.  This collection is about deceptively simple shapes & balance. 

    Find the Contour Collection here.


  • Fashion with Compassion 2019 - Harmony Necklace: Protect, Heal Balance

    Published Jul 29 2019 in

    Truly honoured to be asked for the 8th year in a row to create an exclusive necklace for  Fashion with Compassion in support of Sorrentino's Fashion with Compassion.  I have metal worked and created 100 of these necklaces which are $130 each and available for pre-order when you purchase tickets to Syncrude presents Fashion with Compassion on Thursday, October 24th, 2019.  Purchase tickets to event online here.

    I was interviewed by Sorrentino's Compassion House about my association with the organization and the jewelry that I have created for their gala for the past 7 years. 


  • Athena Collection: Of Beauty Within

    Published Mar 02 2019 in

     

    My most vivid memories of learning about Greek mythology and the Greek empire was in high school. It was in my drama classes, with our teacher Ken Agrell-Smith, that I began to appreciate this ancient history. Agrell taught us to delve beyond the surface of a play by learning about the history around the writing of the play. He taught us about the grandeur and fall of the Greek empire and its mythological history.

    This collection is a homage to that history, the Greek Goddess Athena and to my teacher Agrell-Smith. Athena was the goddess of wisdom, courage, inspiration, civilization, law, justice, strategic warfare, math, strength and skill. She could have been an Olympic athlete, a lawyer, but just as likely a teacher, a friend, a mother, a daughter, a sister or a grandmother. She can be you or I.

    This is a collection of detail and of beauty within. In this collection are symbols representing the Goddess Athena. The olive leaf is from the olive tree; a gift that Athena offered to the King of Athens, Cecrops. The labyrinth pendant represents the labyrinth made by King Minos to imprison the Minotaur monster. The turquoise stone represents energy, wisdom, serenity, friendship, love & loyalty. Labradorite is a protective stone promoting healing and balance. These stones are scattered quietly within this collection.

    This past year the teacher that had the greatest influence in my life passed away. I have such fond memories of Agrell's passion for the arts, history, and his genuine love and support for each one of his students. Thank you Agrell.

    Find the Athena Collection here.


  • Bronze Turtle Charm: The Process

    Published Jan 12 2019 in bronze turtle, Custom Pieces

    Jen requested a bronze turtle charm on a stretch bracelet.  The process is involved including carving & etching the bronze clay to get every detail correct. Each pendant I make is handcrafted & takes often 7 hours to make from the initial hand sculpting of the piece, drying, etching, firing in my kiln, burnishing and tumbling. Then I incorporate the charm in a piece of jewelry.  Here I have it within a matte amazonite beaded stretch bracelet.  Slow and steady wins the race!


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